Crime

Police seek suspects in robbery/assault

Police seek suspects in robbery/assault

Castlegar RCMP are investigating robbery and assault that occurred at the Flamingo Hotel in Castlegar at approximately 3 p.m. Dec.13, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

“The owner of the motel was accosted by two persons inside the motel, restrained, and assaulted with a weapon. The suspects fled with assorted valuables,” she said.”The victim was transported to hospital but did not suffer life threatening injuries.”

Suspect sought after early morning robbery

A servilance camera shows the robbery suspect (facing clerk) wearing hat during the early morning robbery of Mac’s Store in Kelowna. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Kelowna RCMP is asking for public for help to identity of a suspect in an early morning robbery Monday in the Central Okanagan City.

At 12:15 a.m. Monday (December 12), Kelowna RCMP received a report of a robbery that had just occurred at the Mac’s convenience store located in the 2100 block of Richter Street.

Police have learned that a lone male suspect entered the store, brandishing a weapon and demanded that the lone employee open the cash register.

The victim was not injured during the encounter.

Keep the season merry – plan ahead before you drive

Local police will be on patrol during the holiday season, setting up a few road blocks looking for impaired drivers.

Christmas is a festive time of the year.

However, as Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General says, it's not an excuse to drive while affected by alcohol or drugs.

Which is why motorists have seen increased of police on the highways throughout the province.

“Having fun and being festive is encouraged but risking lives doing it won’t be tolerated,” said Morris in a media release.

IIO says Castlegar/Slocan shooting investigations in final stage

IIO says Castlegar/Slocan shooting investigations in final stage

Two long-standing investigations, the length of which have caused some outrage in the region, may finally be drawing to a close, according to Independent Investigations Office acting director of public engagement and policy Marten Youssef.

Both investigations involve officer-involved fatal shootings, the first of Slocan resident Peter de Groot on Oct. 13, 2014 in the Slocan Valley and the second of Yahk resident Waylon Edey on Jan. 28, 2015 in Castlegar.

Rash of B-and-Es continues with three more Monday night

Rash of B-and-Es continues with three more Monday night

Three Break-and-Enters to local businesses along the north end of Columbia Avenue Monday night have police reminding business owners and residents alike to secure their valuables, according to RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner.

“It's been an ongoing thing now, starting in mid to late summer,” Turner said, adding the rash of break-ins started primarily in the industrial area, but appears to have expanded to include retail stores and businesses as well. “They (the perpetrators) are looking for quick and easy cash.”

Carfentanil detected at scene of illicit drug death for first time in BC

Carfentanil detected at scene of illicit drug death for first time in BC

For the first known time in B.C., the highly toxic opioid carfentanil has been detected at the scene of an apparent illicit drug death.

A drug sample seized by the coroner and Vancouver Police at the scene of a death that occurred Nov. 17, 2016, in an East Vancouver residence was sent to a federal Health Canada laboratory for testing. The sample has now been confirmed as containing carfentanil.

Penticton RCMP cruiser involved in collision on Main Street

Penticton RCMP cruiser involved in collision on Main Street

Penticton RCMP is investigating a collision between a marked on-duty SUV police vehicle and a motorist in a truck Sunday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m.

The accident happened between a police cruiser and private vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and Warren Avenue.

Police on lookout for masked fuel thief at Whitewater Ski Resort

The lone suspect was caught on video stealing fuel from Whitewater Ski Hill early Tuesday morning. — Photo courtesy RCMP

RCMP is asking for public assistance after fuel was stolen early Tuesday (November 22) morning from Whitewater Ski Resort south of Nelson.

Acting Corporal Bill Long said in a media release that this suspect was caught on video located at the hill.

"A lone male suspect dressed in a high visible top wearing a mask, gloves and dark pants drove a late 90's bronze/ brown GMC Suburban or Yukon to the maintenance yard of the Whitewater Ski Resort," Long said.

Failing to stop for police proves costly for 20-year-old Delta driver

Failing to stop for police proves costly for 20-year-old Delta driver

Lower Mainland RCMP said a 20-year-old driver from Delta learned the hard way after twice failing to stop for police earlier this month.

Sgt. Annie Linteau Acting, Senior Media Relations Officer said in a media release Wednesday the decision by the young driver quickly totalled up after police determined he twice failed to stop for police in two days.

Police board make request for 8.7 per cent rise in budget

Police Chief Paul Burkart told council Nelson’s case load of 50 per member is high in comparison with other independent municipal police services such as Central Saanich’s case load of 19 and Oak Bay’s case load of 21.

The city’s police board has come to the municipal table and has once again asked for a significant budget increase, looking for an 8.7 per cent budget rise to almost $3.2 million.

In 2015 the Nelson Police board asked for a similar increase, one which was denied by council and was subsequently appealed by the board, landing on the desk of the provincial director of Police Services that ruled in favour of an increase.

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